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Ocean Software

Ocean Software

April 15, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 136 - Ocean Software

 

We look at the company Ocean Software.  The company was founded by David Ward and Jon Woods as Spectrum Games, and was later renamed to Ocean Software.  The company specialized in a mail order business harnessing the best of the bedroom coder scene in Brittan to produce ports of popular arcade titles.  In fact the initial offering of the company were clones of Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Frogger, and Missile Command.  The company continued to grow as Ocean Software expanding into licensed games including popular properties such as Platoon, Robocop, and Jurassic Park.  However the company was unable to compete with larger companies on the global stage.  This lead to their purchase by Infrogrames during that company's rapid expansion.  However after a few years of semi-autonomy Ocean Software ceased to be in the late 90's. 

 

TCW 017 - The British 8-Bit Computer Market: Hardware: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-british-8-bit-computer-market-hardware/

TCW 018 - The British 8-Bit Computer Market: Software: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-british-8-bit-computer-market-software/

TCW 064 - The Rise and Fall of Infogrames Part 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/rise-and-fall-of-infogrames-part-1/

TCW 065 - The Rise and Fall of Infogrames Part 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-rise-and-fall-of-infogrames-part-2/

ZX Spectrum Road Frog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhJhyfaxlZk

ZX Spectrum Monster Muncher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dflb09D-Y80

TCW 103 - Elite Systems: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/elite-systems/

Arcade Hunchback: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o5nh-URiJA

ZXS pectrum Hunchback: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANDJ_wOArCU

Krusty Burger Olympic Sweepstakes Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5siZ3Z2j77Q

Krust Burger Olympic Sweepstakes Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZJ-_mS-_XQ

Arcade Konomi Track and Field: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozcE8qzTdHo

Daley Thompson's Decathlon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKbLbkvwACA

Commercial Breaks (Imagine and Ocean Software): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt9BsZCifgU

ZX Spectrum - Renegade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka-j7q2aTIk

ZX Spectrum Target Renegade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79oCOlTITg0

ZX Spectrum Platoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsZzTsvQU28

C64 Platoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBz8GsKIu-E

Amiga Platoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvkd2NGEWbk

ZX Spectrum Robocop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD8SyQ_rQKQ

Amiga - Batman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM2SCzt73s0

TCW 073 - Adventuring in the Arcade: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/adventuring-in-the-arcade/

SNES Adam's Family: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SxxqeSYhjU

Amiga Jurassic Park: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Axn02dmaMo

 

New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month!

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theycreateworlds

Alex's Video Game History Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

Alex's book is available for preorder and should be released through CRC Press in December 2019: http://bit.ly/TCWBOOK1

 

Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

 

Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

The Famicom Disc System

The Famicom Disc System

April 1, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 135 - The Famicom Disc System

 

In our second part look at the Family Computer we start off with the launch in Japan.  We see all the early games, and the slow start the system had.  However it rapidly gained steam and gained widespread adoption.  Nintendo faced one of their first challenges which was the overheating of the graphic chip.  Nintendo did a recall and revised the system in the process.  Switching to removeable controllers, and round buttons to address other issues early adopters have reported.  The system really took off with the release of the Famicom Disc System, and the Legend of Zelda.  Despite wide adoption the lower margins for retailers and developers lead to the downfall of the peripheral.  Cartridge developments soon allowed games to exceed 30KB, and growing in size with 1MB and larger.  Though the system was popular in the west, and the larger cartridges helped speed its adoption there, the disc system was the height of the system in Japan. 

 

Famicom Donkey Kong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r8diwD_g0I

Famicom Donkey Kong Jr: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc2L4vxPJF0

Famicom Popeye: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyJ-DfoBZ8U

Famicom Mario Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKZrHr4yDZc

TCW 037 - Nintendo and Gumpei Yokoi: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/nintendo-and-gunpei-yokoi/

Early Famicom Commercials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKXr_DbqHsU

Famicom Donkey Kong Jr. Math: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6cE50TdP48

Famicom Mahjong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skY_GZAEc2U

Famicom Baseball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agd0SBjLBjs

Famicom Tennis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOEeaKEyW98

Famicom Golf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPxxfH_NOEA

Famicom Devil World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvxiXETDTyg

TCW 074 - The Japanese PC Industry: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-japanese-pc-industry/

Famicom BASIC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMA-2ctR-Ks

Famicom Galaxian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKI7gzf496Q

Famicom Round VS Square edition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9biMwpII7rU

Famicom Lode Runner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqJkSa9SExk

TCW 029 - 50 Years of Namco: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/50-years-of-namco/

Famicom Xevious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_bS_SAzknk

Cloud and Bushes in Super Mario Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ai7d1K4Yf6A

NES Kung Fu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQjzFt8Sqpk

Ninja Kid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAx25uUl1Gc

Ninja Hattori-kin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICZrv3Z8C8U

Family Stadium '87: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCAPOfBulrk

Gaming Historian Famicom Disc System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9PuSrn_H1c&t=16s

Famicom Disc System The Legend of Zelda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-aYJyHgCy0

Famicom Ghost and Goblins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKiv41hjJWg

Famicom Ganbare Goemon!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_JSzRTAas8

Castlevania III NES VS Famicom Sound Comparison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WOxjL9eoU4

TCW 011 - The Genesis of JRPGs: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-genesis-of-jrpgs/

Famicom Takahashi Meijin no Bōken Jima IV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bw1SSbQXis

 

New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month!

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theycreateworlds

Alex's Video Game History Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

Alex's book is available for preorder and should be released through CRC Press in December 2019: http://bit.ly/TCWBOOK1

 

Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

 

Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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